For the last 25 years, communities and individuals across the country have joined together in September to observe SAMHSA's National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). This observance has provided an opportunity to celebrate the journey and achievements of the millions of Americans who are in recovery from a mental and/or substance use disorder. Over the last quarter-century, community Recovery Month events across the country have brought people together to share real life experiences about the power of recovery.
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September marks the 25th annual National Recovery Month. It is a good time to remember that over 43.7 million adults in the U.S. experienced a mental illness in 2012, and over 22 million misused substances. These numbers are significant, but there is hope. Research shows that individuals with these challenges can recover, improve their health and wellness, and live self-directed lives.
Smoking remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable disease and death. SAMHSA recognizes the connection between behavioral health issues and tobacco use. In fact, individuals with a mental and/or substance use disorder account for 40% of all cigarettes smoked in the United States. To help address this huge disparity, SAMHSA is partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on their Million Hearts® Initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
This week marked the third annual observance of SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week, which is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, the prevention of behavioral health conditions in communities across America. This week-long observance provided an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and community coalitions to work together to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships.http://youtu.be/5U9t-YUUoGc
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and that may be repeated over time. Both children who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. SAMHSA is committed to reducing bullying through enhancing assistance for parents, prevention efforts at schools and in communities, public education, and coordination of prevention activities across federal agencies.